Quoting from the Privileges page:
When you vote down, you are moving that content "down" so it will be seen by fewer people.
When you vote up, you are moving that content "up" so it will be seen by more people.
I assume this relates to SO's front page, and as far as I can see there are several variables at play:
- Post date/Edit time (sort on newest)
- Amount of votes
- A random component?
- Amount of answers? With upvotes?
So, how does the algorithm to show content in the front page work? Is there a random component? Do amount of answer and or amount of votes (up/down) on those answer count? How does the amount of votes of a question come into play?
Based on Hendrik's comment, I did a search on Meta for "hot" questions and came up with this question: How are "Hot" Questions Selected?. I do not feel however, that my question is a duplicate of that one as I am not interested in the
hot tab but in the
interesting tab (the default front page tab).